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Police Blotter 7-19-19

Wednesday, July 10

A Montclair man was arrested after police found meth and a meth pipe in his possession. Rodrick Rutledge, 53, also had a warrant out for his arrest when he was stopped on the 300 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard just after midnight, according to Det. Matt Hamill of the Claremont Police Department. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail, where he was released with a citation to appear in court.

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A San Bernardino man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he crashed into multiple objects at 1650 Monte Vista Avenue. The accident happened just after 5:30 a.m., Det. Hamill said, when a car driven by 21-year-old Pedro Valdez crashed into a chain-link fence, a parked semi-truck and a trailer, causing significant damage to the trailer. Mr. Valdez wasn’t hurt, but he did exhibit clear signs of driving under the influence. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

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Another car was burglarized at the Evey Canyon turnout. Around 6 p.m., an unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger side window of the victim’s Scion xB and took a purse containing a wallet and a debit card, Det. Hamill said. Miscellaneous receipts and paperwork were also taken. No suspect information was available.

Thursday, July 11

Two people were arrested after Claremont police found a stolen car at a turnout on Mount Baldy Road just after midnight. Joseph Gurrola, 33 from Adelanto, was behind the wheel of the car and was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto. A passenger, 25-year-old Kimberly Lightle of San Bernardino, was arrested after police allegedly found a meth pipe in her possession.

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Police arrested Justin Snowden, 34, after they allegedly found a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun in his car. Mr. Snowden was initially pulled over at Indian Hill and Radcliffe Drive around 11:35 a.m. for tinted windows and an expired registration. Mr. Snowden was driving with a suspended license, and a further check revealed the M&P handgun and a magazine. He was arrested for having a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Friday, July 12

Between July 11 at 5 p.m. and July 12 at 7:30 a.m., someone entered an unlocked classroom at Mountain View Elementary School and wrote “Smokey,” “Desmadre” and “Bolen” all over the walls in red, blue and black dry erase marker, Det. Hamill said. Police are investigating.

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A home on the 2400 block of San Fernando Court fell victim to burglars. The unknown thieves shattered the rear sliding glass door of the home, ransacking every room in the house before leaving with an unknown amount of goods. Police are investigating.

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Around $40,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from a home on the 200 block of Wagner Drive, between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. The unknown burglar shattered the sliding glass door, rifling through each bedroom in the home before getting away with the pricey goods. There is no suspect information.

Saturday, July 13

Two men entered the T-Mobile store on Auto Center Drive and took two Apple Watches and cell phones. The burglars entered the store around 12:22 p.m. and attempted to yank display phones from their security anchors, Det. Hamill said. When they were unsuccessful, they moved to the Apple Watch section, and took the goods before running off toward Indian Hill Boulevard. The first suspect was described as a Hispanic man around five feet, nine inches tall wearing a gray shirt and gray sweatpants, and the other suspect was described as a Hispanic man around five feet, seven inches tall wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

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A first aid kit was stolen from a car on the 1100 block of Vanderbilt. Around 5 p.m., the burglar smashed the rear window of the parked car, took the medical kit, and fled undetected.

Sunday, July 14

An Ontario man was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and contributing to the delinquency of minors. When police arrived at a home on the 200 block of north Amherst just before midnight, they found 22-year-old Brian Cuevas in possession of Xanax pills. Officers also determined Mr. Cuevas was giving alcohol to two 17-year-olds who were also at the house. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Monday, July 15

A Pomona man was arrested after getting caught behind the wheel of a stolen Toyota Tundra. Mark Mateus, 42, was pulled over near Foothill Boulevard and Towne Avenue after the truck he was driving was reported stolen in San Bernardino County on May 23, Det. Hamill said. Mr. Mateus was on post-release community supervision for auto burglary at the time of his arrest.

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Two cars were broken into in the Norm’s parking lot Monday evening. The break-ins occurred between 6:45 and 7:26 p.m. One victim had their house key and Nike bag stolen, and the other had tools, a wallet and paperwork taken from their car. Both cars had their windows smashed. There is no suspect information.

—Matthew Bramlett

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